Mike joined the IoF in October 2015 as Head of Media and Public Affairs for both the Institute and the PFRA.
Our Head of External Affairs, Mike Smith, outlines some of the challenges and opportunities for charity fundraising following the General Election.
The House of Lords Committee 'Stronger Charities' Report makes some insightful and very welcome recommendations to support the work of charities into the future. But where is the fundraising ask?
For those who thought that the Chancellor might use the Budget tomorrow to significantly increase levels of public expenditure, one phrase – ensuring there is ‘enough gas in the tank’ – will have ended any expectations of a spending splurge!
Charity Today: when we talk about the vital role charities play, we also talk about the work of fundraisers
“We need to change the narrative about the charity sector”. If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard that phrase over the last 2 years!
This week we held a reception in the House of Commons to showcase the best of charity fundraising, as part of our ongoing work to strengthen the relationship between fundraisers and MPs in Parliament.
Theresa May’s ‘shared society’ agenda will be warmly, if cautiously, welcomed across the charity sector today.
It was a blustery September day by the seaside in Bournemouth when I attended my first ever political party conference in 2008. Gordon Brown was Prime Minister and the question on everyone’s lips was ‘will he or won’t he call a snap election later that year’…
It hardly needs repeating – fundraisers have had a difficult year. The media spotlight has been intense and the political response has been rapid and robust. There is a widespread understanding among fundraisers and charities that things need to change.